Team New Zealand pick up Supreme award, Team of the Year at 55th annual Halberg Awards

Relive all of the action from the 55th annual Halberg Awards from Spark Arena, Auckland.

Halberg Awards winners:

Supreme winner: Team New Zealand
Fans moment of the Year: Mitchell Hunt drop goal v Highlanders
Coach of the Year: Gordon Walker - Kayak
Sportsman of the Year: Tom Walsh - Shot put

Team of the Year: Team New Zealand - Yachting
Sportswoman of the Year: Lisa Carrington - Kayak
Disabled Sportsperson of the Year: Sophie Pascoe - Para swimming
Hall of Fame inductee: Rob Waddell - Rowing
Leadership award: Steve Hansen - Rugby
Lifetime Achievement: Morrie Chandler - Motorsport
Emerging Talent: Ellesse Andrews - Cycling


That'll be all from us for tonight, thank you for joining us on New Zealand sport's biggest night.


And the winner is... Team New Zealand! Again no shocks there! Their historic America's Cup victory sees Team New Zealand take home this year's Supreme Award.


Finally, it's time for the Supreme Award. Dame Patsy Reddy will hand out tonight's big prize.

The nominees are: Sophie Pascoe (para swimming), Lisa Carrington (kayaking), Team New Zealand (yachting), Tom Walsh (shot put)


And the winner is... Mitchell Hunt! The Crusaders' first-five's game winning drop goal against the Highlanders was the moment picked by the fans as the best of 2017!


The next award is for the fan's moment of the year. Voted for by the public. Liam Malone and Grant Fox will present the award.


A short tribute now for those within New Zealand sport who've passed away over the past year.


And the winner is... Gordon Walker! Another back-to-back win, this time for Lisa Carrington's coach! His success isn't just limited to Carrington however, with a number of Kiwi paddlers under his tutelage.


Coach of the Year is the next award up for grabs.

Here are the nominees: Gary Hay (rowing), Glenn Moore (rugby), Mark Sorenson (softball), Gordon Walker (canoe racing).

LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 23:  Tom Walsh of New Zealand in the Mens Shot Put during Day Two of the Muller Anniversary Games at The Stadium - Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park on July 23, 2016 in London, England.  (Photo by Dan Mullan/Getty Images)
NZ shot putter Tom Walsh. Source: Getty


And the winner is... Tom Walsh! A great year for Walsh, after his gold medal at last year's World Athletics Championships in London, the first Kiwi male to do so. 


Sportsman of the Year is the next award to be presented. Doctor Farah Palmer and Dick Taylor will hand out the prize.

The nominees are: Beauden Barrett (rugby), Brendon Hartley (motorsport), Ross Taylor (cricket), Tom Walsh (athletics).

The Great Sound, Bermuda, 26th June 2017. Emirates Team New Zealand Helmsman Peter Burling and skipper Glenn Ashby hold aloft the America's Cup. Photo: Chris Cameron /
Emirates Team New Zealand Helmsman Peter Burling and skipper Glenn Ashby hold aloft the America's Cup. Source: Photosport


And the winner is... Team New Zealand! No surprises there, a historic victory over Oracle Team USA in Bermuda to bring the America's Cup back to New Zealand. This is the third time they've won this award, the first since 2000.


The team's award is the next up. 

Here are the nominees: Team NZ (yachting), Black Sox (softball), Black Ferns (rugby), women's K2 kayakers Carrington and Caitlin Ryan.

Lisa Carrington.
Lisa Carrington. Source: Getty


And the winner is... Lisa Carrington! A second win in a row for Lisa, who won the Supreme Award last year. She picked up four medals, one bronze, one silver, and two golds at the Kayak World Champs last year.


Sportswoman of the Year is the next award. Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and former swimmer Phillipa Gower will present the award.

Here are the nominees:Sportswoman: Lisa Carrington (canoe racing), Sarah Goss (rugby), Lydia Ko (golf), Portia Woodman (rugby).

Kiwi swimmer Sophie Pascoe Source: Photosport


And the winner is... Sophie Pascoe! Yet another win for Sophie Pascoe, another brilliant year for her, virtually unchallenged in the pool - at home and abroad.


Disabled athlete of the year is the first major award of the evening. 

Here are the nominees: Sophie Pascoe (para swimming), Corey Peters (para skiing), Holly Robinson (para athletics), William Stedman (para athletics).


After a short break, we're back for the next award, with an induction into the New Zealand sporting hall of fame. Sir Eion Edgar will oversee the induction. Rob Waddell is given a standing ovation, a legendary career as a rower that's paved the way for some truly great Kiwis to follow.


No surprises, the award is given to All Blacks coach Steve Hansen, who's record is second to none in international rugby since taking over in 2011. 


The next award is the Sport New Zealand award for Leadership. 


Next up is the lifetime achievement award, presented by Roy Williams and Barbra Kendall. Motorsport legend Morrie Chandler is recognised for his decades of service to New Zealand motorsport.


And the winner is... Ellesse Andrews! Congrats to the young cyclist!!! What a future she has, after only being involved in cycling for three years. She's also the second cyclist in a row to claim the award, with the last none other than Campbell Stuart, who hands her the prize.


The nominees are:
Ellesse Andrews - Cycling
Josh Armit - Yachting
Matthew MacDonald - Rowing
Nico Porteus - Freeski


The first award of the night is for the Emerging Talent, to be presented by Campbell Stuart and Nigel Vagana.


A rendition of Dave Dobbyn's 'Welcome Home' is performed, as Lisa Carrington and members of the Halberg Youth Council bring the trophy onto the stage.


We're all set and ready for the beginning of the evening. The crowd are in their seats.


All the stars are arriving. A decent crowd building up at Auckland’s Spark Arena, half an hour until the first award is presented.
After a stellar 2017 across many sporting codes for New Zealand, our best and brightest athletes will tonight find out who will be crowned the best of the best.


NZ's womens rugby team are up against the sailors for team of the year tonight. Source: 1 NEWS

The Black Ferns' achievements on the world stage have been highlighted in the nominations, up for team of the year, while stars Portia Woodman and Sarah Goss are included for sportswoman of the year. Coach Glenn Moore is also nominated for coach of the year, after tasting World Cup success.

Team New Zealand are the other standout contenders for glory tonight, with their capture of the America's Cup in Bermuda last year a highlight on nearly every Kiwi's sporting calendar.

Halberg Awards finalists:

Sportsman: Beauden Barrett (rugby), Brendon Hartley (motorsport), Ross Taylor (cricket), Tom Walsh (athletics).

Sportswoman: Lisa Carrington (canoe racing), Sarah Goss (rugby), Lydia Ko (golf), Portia Woodman (rugby).

Disabled: Sophie Pascoe (para swimming), Corey Peters (para skiing), Holly Robinson (para athletics), William Stedman (para athletics).

Team: Team NZ (yachting), Black Sox (softball), Black Ferns (rugby), women's K2 kayakers Carrington and Caitlin Ryan.

Coach: Gary Hay (rowing), Glenn Moore (rugby), Mark Sorenson (softball), Gordon Walker (canoe racing).



Watch as boxing champion Deontay Wilder breaks jaw of mascot in promo stunt gone wrong

Heavyweight boxing champion Deontay Wilder has apologised after reportedly breaking the jaw of a mascot he punched during a US television appearance.

Wilder was doing a promotional appearance on Spanish language show Nacion ESPN to promote his upcoming fight with Tyson Fury when he punched a man dressed in a mascot suit.

The WBC heavyweight champion also denied he did not know there was a person in the suit.

"Anything headlining I didn't know a human being was in there is just straight click-baiting," Wilder said on Instagram.

"I sincerely apologise to the brave man that was injured (if this is true). I have the utmost respect for him, his participation, willingness and courage.”

Wilder said reports of the injury were true, he would like to invite the man to his fight on December 1 against Fury in Los Angeles where he will defend his title.

A promo for Wilder’s upcoming fight with Tyson Fury went badly wrong for the person in the suit. Source: Breakfast


Watch: Hawaii Ironman champion proposes to girlfriend after sealing title

German star Patrick Lange has made Hawaiian Ironman history, becoming the first triathlete to break the eight-hour barrier at the world championship.

Lange won the 3.8km swim, 180km cycle and 42.2km run event in 7hrs 52min 39sec - crushing the 8:01:40 course record he set a year ago.

He was in high spirits at the finish and proposed to his girlfriend, who accepted, soon after his comprehensive win.

The Hawaiian Ironman is notorious for its brutal winds and tropical heat but Belgian Bart Aernouts also finished in under eight hours for second place with 7:56:41.

Lange was two minutes slower this year on the run but set up the title with a swim-bike that was nine minutes faster than his combination last year.

After setting a new course record, Patrick Lange popped the question. Source: World Ironman Championship



Conor McGregor, Khabib suspended by Nevada Athletic Commission

UFC fighters Khabib Nurmagomedov and Conor McGregor are being suspended by the Nevada Athletic Commission for a brawl that erupted inside and outside the octagon after their lightweight title fight last weekend in Las Vegas, an official said.

Letters were sent Wednesday informing both mixed martial arts fighters that they will be suspended for at least 10 days effective Oct. 15, commission executive Bob Bennett.

A commission investigation is pending and the panel can extend the temporary suspension when it meets Oct. 24, Bennett said.

Nurmagomedov and McGregor could also appeal Bennett's executive action at that time.

Nurmagomedov, who was praised by Russian President Vladimir Putin during a meeting Wednesday in Moscow, responded with an angry Instagram post saying he was being unfairly punished.

The fighter complained that discipline didn't follow an incident last April in Brooklyn, New York, when McGregor shattered windows of Nurmagomedov's bus with a hand truck after Nurmagomedov confronted one of McGregor's teammates days earlier.

"They could have killed someone there, why no one says anything about insulting my homeland, religion, nation, family?"

Nurmagomedov posted. "We have defended our honor and this is the most important thing. We intend to go to the end."

McGregor's manager, Audie Attar at Paradigm Sports Management, said he was confident the investigation will clear McGregor.

"It will be clear who and where the blame lies," Attar said in a statement. "We are focused on the future."

Nurmagomedov's manager, Ali Abdelaziz at Dominance MMA Management, did not immediately respond to emails. Abdelaziz's telephone was not accepting messages.

However, Fighting erupted outside the octagon late Saturday, after McGregor (21-4) tapped out during a chokehold by Nurmagomedov (27-0) in the fourth round of UFC 229 at T-Mobile Arena.

The Russian champion from Dagestan then stepped away from McGregor, climbed over the cage and scuffled with a fighter in the Irishman's corner.

Members of Nurmagomedov's entourage climbed into the octagon and attacked McGregor, and McGregor also tried to climb out of the cage during the brawl.

Nurmagomedov's $2 million for the fight has been withheld by the commission pending the outcome of the investigation, Bennett said. McGregor received his $3 million purse.

"You can keep my money that you are withholding," Nurmagomedov posted. "I hope it won't get stuck in your throat."

UFC President Dana White said three members of Nurmagomedov's camp were detained by police but released because McGregor refused to press criminal charges.

White said the UFC might strip the lightweight title from Nurmagomedov.

Khabib Nurmagomedov, right, tries to take down Conor McGregor during a lightweight title mixed martial arts bout at UFC 229 in Las Vegas, Saturday, Oct. 6, 2018. (AP Photo/John Locher)
Khabib Nurmagomedov, right, tries to take down Conor McGregor during a lightweight title mixed martial arts bout at UFC 229 Source: Associated Press


Khabib threatens to quit UFC over McGregor brawl, says he doesn't want the $2 million prize

The man who took down Conor McGregor last week has threatened to quit the UFC and says he doesn't even want his prize money.

Khabib Nurmagomedov defeated McGregor at the UFC 229 competition by way of a submission hold, but the end of the fight was marred by an ugly brawl where punches were thrown by both camps.

It's unclear exactly what happened, but during the brawl McGregor was hit by members of Nurmagomedov's camp.

McGregor has decided not to press any charges, but UFC authorities have withheld Nurmagomedov's $US2 million prize and are considering sanctions like kicking him out of the UFC.

Nurmagomedov - the undefeated lightweight champion - posted a message on his Instagram page early this morning, New Zealand time, saying he no longer wanted the prize money.

Taking aim at the UFC itself, he asked "why didn't you fire anyone when their team attacked the bus and injured a couple of people?

"They could have killed someone there, why no one says anything about insulting my homeland, religion, nation, family?"

The comments relate to an incident during the lead-up to the McGregor fight where McGregor threw a heavy metal dolly at Nurmagomedov's tour bus.

The dolly shattered glass, which causes facial injuries to two of Khabib's team.

"Why do you have to punish my team, when both teams fought ... if you say that I started it, then I do not agree, I finished what he had started.

"In any case, punish me, [team mate Zubaira Tukhugov] has nothing to do with that ... if you think that I’ll keep silent then you are mistaken.

"You cancelled Zubaira’s fight and you want to dismiss him just because he hit Conor ... but don’t forget that it was Conor who had hit my another Brother FIRST, just check the video.

"If you decide to fire him, you should know that you’ll lose me too. We never give up on our brothers in Russia and I will go to the end for my Brother.

"If you still decide to fire him, don’t forget to send me my broken contract, otherwise I'll break it myself.

"And one more thing, you can keep my money that you are withholding ... you are pretty busy with that, I hope it won’t get stuck in your throat.

"We have defended our honor and this is the most important thing. We intend to go to the end."

The message also seemed to unofficially confirm that UFC had cancelled Tukhugov's upcoming bout against Artem Lobov - a team mate of McGregor.

Khabib Nurmagomedov's message on Instagram about the McGregor fight.
Khabib Nurmagomedov's message on Instagram about the McGregor fight. Source: Khabib Nurmagomedov/Instagram/1 News Graphic